I made this hydrogel to help a wound that was stubbornly resisting healing. I don't want to call it a wound healing gel because that will become a drug but basically it's doing the job under cover.
This hydrogel contains a high concentration of D-Panthenol, vegeluron and the skin prebiotic. Much higher than we usually use in cosmetic formulations. Be aware that this high concentration of panthenol and the prebiotic will have a kind of tackiness but we want to reduce the inflammation and help heal the wound and it is not about a pleasant skin feel. Apart from that the serum (for this purpose) will be applied over a small spot on the skin and will not be rubbed and distributed over the whole face.
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1- Blend phase A in a heat proof beaker
2- Heat the content to 60 C
3- Disperse the gum and hydrate it between 60-65 C for about 30 minutes. You will need to compensate for the evaporated hydrosol/water at the end of this step and you need to know the tara weight of your beaker.
4- After ecogel is fully hydrated stop heating and continue stirring till the gel reaches a temperature lower than 40 C.
5- Blend phase C in another beaker and add it to A+B
6- Add the essential oils and the preservative
7- Prepare a 10% dilution and measure the pH. In our case it was 4,9 and we didn't change it. Since we are working with a preserved hydrosol we added some arginine at the beginning to increase the pH. If you are making this formulation with distilled water or a plant water or hydrosol with a higher pH you don't need to add any arginine at the beginning.
If you are confused by all the pH measurement hassle and don't know when you shall add the arginine upfront and when not we have just the right ebook for you with detailed flow charts for each type of product. The flowcharts will walk you through the whole pH measurement and adjustment process step-by-step so that you don't need to guess and rely on the destiny for the pH to be in range
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